|School:||Bethlehem Catholic HS, Bethlehem, PA|
Adam was unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight late last season when it became necessary for him to assume the role of starting quarterback following the dismissal of then starting quarterback Mark Borda from the team.
Bednarik exceeded expectations, leading his team to 3 straight victories and the East Penn Conference and District 11 Class AAAA titles before losing to Cumberland Valley in the PIAA Eastern semifinals.
"I was nervous, but at the same time I was anxious," Adam said. "In the back of my mind, I always knew what my capabilities were and I just wanted to get out there and show everyone."
Adam threw for over a thousand yards in only 4 games.
"I threw for about 1,100 yards. My completion percentage was over 50% and I threw about 9 or 10 touchdowns."
His success came despite not having much experience at the quarterback position.
"When I came in my sophomore year, I was working at quarterback off and on with Mark. We were splitting time during scrimmages because they were going to make a decision as to what they were going to do, whether it was going to be me or Mark. He ended up getting the job, so I worked very little during my sophomore year. Then, my junior year, I came out and they just had me concentrate at wide-receiver. They were planning to have me start at quarterback my senior year. During my junior year, I actually didn't take any reps at all the whole season up until the incident happened, then I stepped in. The next day at practice was actually the first ball I threw all year."
Bednarik's efforts enabled him to earn several post-season honors.
"I actually made 1st Team All-League for wide-receiver. I ended up making Honorable Mention All-Area for quarterback and I ended up making Honorable Mention All-State at quarterback too."
Adam is hoping for another successful season this year.
"We still have our 3 main receivers back next year, so I think we should be looking pretty good."
Prior to inheriting the role of quarterback, Bednarik played wide-receiver. He also played on the defensive side of the ball.
"They moved me around on defense. I started out at free-safety, and then I ended up playing a little bit of linebacker and then strong-safety too."
Adam is being recruited to play quarterback at the next level.
"That's definitely what I want to play."
It appears as though college coaching staffs would like to see Bednarik play at least a few more games at quarterback before offering the talented athlete a scholarship. Several schools are, however, very interested.
"I've talked to a few coaches on the phone and a few at school. I've been talking to West Virginia, I like Pitt, Kansas State has been in to talk with me, Virginia, Purdue's been in, some schools like that. I've gotten letters here and there from a bunch of different schools like UCLA, Vanderbilt, Villanova and some others. Hofstra was in too."
A few nearby schools are at the top of Adam's list right now.
"West Virginia is looking pretty strong right now. They seem really interested in me. Having 2 coaches around, Dan Kendra and Artie Owens, who both went to West Virginia, kind of helps with getting to know what that school is like.
"I've always watched Penn State since I was little. That's always been kind of my team. I'm just a big fan of them. They've been sending me letters. They're going to be recruiting me. They're pretty strong right now too. They haven't called yet. I think they came in to see me and to talk to the coaches about me, but I wasn't around."
Adam attended the Nike Camp at Penn State a couple of months ago and enjoyed the experience.
"That was actually the first time I was up there. I had a baseball game the day before I went up to the Nike Camp. I actually pitched that day so I was a little sore up at the camp. It was good though. I saw a lot of good kids there, a lot of good competition, which I think was good for me to see.
"It was a good experience. Just by being at the camp and being around the kids and the coaches, you can tell how much of a step up it is from high school, how things go, how much more strict it is and how much concentration there is on that sport. You can tell that it's definitely a big step up."
Bednarik has not visited any other schools at this early juncture.
"I'm going to be going down to West Virginia sometime after July to visit. I might go up and visit Penn State and I think I want to visit Pittsburgh. Those are my only three right now."
Adam is related to Chuck Bednarik, the former Eagle who is a member of the NFL Hall of Fame. "He's my grandfather's first cousin, so that actually makes him my third cousin."
According to Adam, Mark Borda is going to attend Lehigh University.